There is a bountiful crop of dandelions this year. I was weed whacking the flowers when I got an epiphany and looked up on the internet if dandelions have any nutritional value. To my surprise a dandelion plant is completely eatable. I decided to concentrate only on the flowers. I picked about four pound of flowers and made five liters of pressure canned juice.
Method: Cook until soft after adding about 4 liters of water, beat into a slurry with hand blender, strain through a 2mm mesh, put sludge through a Champion Juicer to extract most nutrients. Put drinkable produce in five one liter jars and pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for long term storage at room temperature.
Experiment at this stage.
This is not like the typical peony. It grows slowly and is the first Spring in my zone 5. It lasts two weeks and is a brilliant red color. It is perennial and dies off during Summer but returns slightly larger every Spring.
16 June 2022 Asparagus (Perennial) https://durgan.org/2022/June%202022_/16%20JUNE%202022,Asparagus/HTML/
The 4 by 8 feet of ground is the Asparagus patch. It comes up and delivers about half a pound of shoots every other day for about 30 days. It starts about the fifth of June and grows quickly. There are about 10 plants Guelph millennium a Canadian version. I steam cook the stalks and serve with a bit of butter. They are the first garden vegetable in the Spring in zone 5. A most welcome treat.
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Made a 30 day pot of gruel. A bowl of gruel is ingested daily for breakfast along with a glass of tea.
Method and ingredients. Wheat kernel sprouted, chi seeds, sunflower seeds, garden corn nixtamalized, almonds, flax seeds, red lentils dehulled. The seeds are from the garden, purchased at a bulk barn, and other places.The material is all blended into a slury with water, mixed in a double boiler and cooked for an hour. When cool the material is stored in plastic containers and frozen. About four servings in each container. The ingredients vary slightly depending what is available.
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Garlic processing. Skin removed by using a lemon juicer. Each clove is crushed and the skin is lifted off. It is the best system for rmoving skins.The bare cloves are then put through a Champion Juicer to crush. The pulp and juice is then mixed and set aside to amalgamate for about an hour.The garlic sticks to ice cube trays so I use a greased plate and form in serving. Garlic to get full benefits need be raw or not subjcted to excessive heat. The effort is about 15 days supply. I eat a serving per day by placing in my morning tea.
22 October 2021 Weed Whacker 21142 SPRING
Posted on 10/22/2021 by Durgan
22 October 2021 Weed Whacker 21142
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All trichomes are pure white. This can be beginning of harvest. I will leave for a few more days to get some amber colored trichomes.
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Placed about 40 cloves in the garlic bed. The bed was previouly prepared with the covered board dirrectly on top of the soil to retain moisture and keep the bed soft for planting. The soil is close to the clove and means a good growing start. Mulch is placed over the cloves. Garlic has no diffculty pushngg through the mulch.
17 October 2021 Planting Garlic
Six 16 foot rows prepared for planting garlic. One row 8 feet for bulbils. One partial row for rounds. And one row for the production of rounds. Three rows of full Round output. Total five rows. Have one more of full size garlic to plant. Garlic is hard neck and is planted in October for harvest in 2022 in
August. The bed was prepared about one month ago. A board was placed in the planting row to keep the area lightly moist so the cloves can be easily pushed into the soil. The garlic has no difficulty in pushing through the mulch in the Spring. The garlic usually gets enough moisture for growing. By planting Bulbils and Rounds the garic is renewed every three years.